Global governance — the rise of non-state actors

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Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

World politics in general and global environmental politics in particular are characterised by a proliferation of actors and the emergence of new forms of global governance (Cerny, 2010). States and intergovernmental institutions may still be at the heart of much international policymaking but non-state actors and novel governance mechanisms increasingly shape outcomes in global politics.

Today, global environmental governance is being created, negotiated and implemented by a myriad of actors at multiple levels and in ever more complex ways. The expansion of actors and governance structures offers new opportunities but also poses new challenges to European policymakers as they seek to strengthen global environmental governance and maximise Europe's impact on global affairs.

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